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Rufus Lee Whitman

   Funeral services for Rufus Lee Whitman, 78, of Crowell, who died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Vernon, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Hilda Cavazos. Interment will be held at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Whitman was born Friday, Sept. 11, 1936 in Thalia. He was the son of the late Boyd Whitman and the late Verla Cates Whitman. He married Gwendolyn Tucker on March 9, 1957 in Thalia. He was district manager of the Anderson-Clayton Co. for 28 years.  He was president of Sequin Evening Lions Club, director of the Sequin Chamber of Commerce, director of Sequin Fair Board, was Sequin United Way business coordinator, received the Guadalupe County Chamber Agriculture Business Award, was Amarillo Yellow Rose Sam’s Club past president and secretary. He served in the United States Army as Sgt. E-5. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Gwen Whitman of the home; four sons,Darryl Wayne Whitman of Midlothian, Kris Alan Whitman of New Braunfels, Michael Dale Whitman of New Braunfels, and Randy Lynn Whitman of Cuero; two brothers, Gaylon Whitman and Eldon Whitman, both of Thalia, and eight grandchildren.
   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made to Faith United Methodist Church.
  Online condolences may be made to the family at


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